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A Pageant of National Ideals


by Allan Abbott — 1917

The festivals of the past three years at Teachers College, widely varied as they have been in structure and mood, have had the common purpose of uniting the extremely varied elements of our institution in the celebration of themes to which all could respond,—the contrast between drudgery and true joy in work, the growth of romantic sentiment into constructive idealism, the honor due to Shakespeare and the traditions of Merry England. In a year when the nation has hung on the verge of the world war, there was little disposition to unite as heretofore in a general merry-making; thoughts of the war, and of our responsibilities with regard to it, were so constantly present in the minds of all, that it seemed wise to attempt to unify and to express in pageant form, the consensus of opinion of the College as to what the essential ideals of the country really are. The decision to make this the central idea of the Festival came, in fact, from the student body as represented by the Dramatic Arts Association; various other themes had been proposed, but the wish of the Association turned again and again toward Americanism.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 18 Number 3, 1917, p. 261-286
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3453, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 3:32:17 AM

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